Kapachino—came up with this new collaborative project: A creative book of lists that we will update each month and share on our blogs. Each of us are creating our own book, and every month Kathleen will provide a topic for that month's list. We will then jot down our responses within a new page (or pages!) of our books. Any obsessive list-maker would jump at the chance to fill yet another notebook, right? Right. And so I did.
Next month will we will be sharing our first list (the topic is, quite appropriately, "wish list") and this month we will all be sharing the covers of our books. So, there's time to join in if you wish! It can be as simple or extravagant as you wish—so, no need to be excessively crafty or anything like that. I think that will be the most fun, actually…seeing everyone's own personal style shine through this project.
As for my book, I sat down last night with a pile of washi tape and a handful of stamps and colorful ink pads—only to realize that I wanted to keep it simple. One thing I've been focusing on lately is taking a step back before I do something, making sure what I'm doing is for my benefit, my enjoyment. Not just to impress someone or to come across as fancy or creative beyond all reason. (Which can be difficult to do when blogging, if I'm being completely honest here. Don't we all want to come across as a little bit fancy?)
I ended up using a blank Moleskine notebook that I've been waiting to fill. I stamped a simple title on the front page using one of my favorite go-to crafting supplies: Martha Stewart's Custom Stamp Setting Kit. I doodled a frame around the words using a white gel pen (this is the one I use) and left it at that. Clean and simple and very me.
In order to keep track of the page I'm working on, I made a little bookmark using washi tape and a paperclip my daughter found and tried to eat the other day. (We keep it classy around here.) And my favorite pens will always be found nearby: For black ink, the Pilot Precise V5 (extra fine point is a must!) and for ballpoint, the TUL Stick Ballpoint (I don't typically like ballpoint pens but I go through these like crazy—they write so smoothly).
So, there you have it! Will you join us? You know you want to. Your inner list-maker will thank you.